Let go of your worries and surround yourself with some wildlife and waves
At Latitude 10 Beach Resort, a luxury beach hideaway located in Santa Teresa on the southern tip of Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula, spotting curious wildlife is as common as spotting surfers who flock to this laid-back town for world-class breaks. Big Bird, the tiger heron who loves the infinity pool area, delights guests with his frequent visits. The six breezy beachfront casitas have open-air windows, making it easy to admire the surrounding tropical flora and spot wildlife. And fauna is abundant, due to the fact no trees were cut down during the construction of this eco-friendly hideaway. So while on the lush property grounds, you may come across howler monkeys, coatis, woodpeckers, anteaters, hummingbirds, opossum and armadillos.
Further afield but still conveniently located just half an hour away by car is Cabo Blanco National Park, Costa Rica’s first park established in 1963. Hike into this spectacular wilderness on the Pacific with a local guide who will interpret the flora and fauna. In these dense tropical forests, you may spot white-face capuchin monkeys, white-tailed deer, green and black iguanas, tayras, bats, porcupines, pacas and northern tamanduas. Cabo Blanco is also an important seabird refuge where white-threaded magpie-jais, bare-throated tiger herons, and long-tailed manakins fly overhead.
The six bohemian bungalows, constructed from all-natural almond wood, feature open-sky bathrooms, private decks and local artworks and handicrafts. The crashing waves of the Pacific are within earshot and sea vistas stretch from almost every vantage point. Facilities include an open-air yoga and spa center with dazzling views, and a clubhouse and lounge that dish out locally inspired specialties.